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Autumn Muffins Recipe
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Autumn Muffins

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"Lots of fruit, lots of spices and lots of goodness. Perfect for cold fall mornings."

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Original recipe makes 18 muffins Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin pans or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, white sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Make a well in the center, and add the melted butter, milk and eggs, mix until smooth. Stir in the cranberries, apple, figs, and hazelnuts. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans. Cups should be at least 3/4 full.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 10, 2003

When I found this recipe, I was looking for something with apples and spices. This is perfect! The only change that I have made is to substitute applesauce for the butter. It makes them a little bit moister and a lot less fat and calories. I always get such compliments on these. Thanks! Leslie

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 15, 2010

Well, I thought these definitely did NOT live up to the rave reviews they've been getting :( I went with the apples (winesap), cranberries (dried), figs (fresh), and roasted hazenuts, but made some other changes. I substituted apple sauce for half the butter and used 2.5 cups all-purpose flour and another half cup of soy flour (which can give it a nuttyish flavor and adds protein). I think what bothered me about these muffins is the flavor combination of the fruits and nuts - I'm not a big fan of it. I definitely would not use hazelnuts again, if anything I'd go with walnuts. My husband thought these tasted like fruit cake! I can definitely see how this would be a good base recipe for other muffins and I feel like that is what a lot of other people are rating this recipe on. Not a ton of other reviewers used the fruits and nuts listed in the recipe. This would be a great base for a cranberry orange muffin or blueberry muffin. (yum!) These just did not remind me of autumn at all and were not very good. On a brighter note I got 24 regular-sized muffins out of the batter.

Feb 09, 2004

Gosh - I WISH I had some hazelnuts, cranberries, or figs! BUT I did have the apple (plenty from our apple tree) - so I used a little more of that. Also, I used chopped walnuts (lightly toasted in the oven first - did that while I was preheating and mixing the batter). These muffins were great despite their missing counterparts & substitutions! Nice & fully w/ a great taste! This is a quality muffin recipe - I'll be sure to make it again!

Sep 24, 2003

These muffins were so good, nicely spiced and so easy. I actually used a bag of dried fruit in place of the fruit on this recipe and they came out delicious. Moist and fruity. I will make these again. Thanks.

Nov 10, 2003

This is a very tasty muffin recipe! I love the textures and flavors of the all the fruits and nuts. We had a surplus of hazelnuts and this recipe is a perfect way to use them up. They are best when fresh, though. I baked some of the batter up as a loaf, but it does not hold the shape very well and crumbles. I also tried to freeze the baked muffins, and this recipe does not freeze very well. Oh well, I guess there are worse things than having to eat these freshly baked!

Sep 24, 2003

At first I was a little hesitant about all the different things that go into these (the figs especially), but my husband and I loved them! They were very tasty, moist and fragrant. They definitely capture what I'd think autumn may taste like, if it were a food itself. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

Dec 19, 2003

I was in a rush to find a recipe for muffins to surprise my fiance with breakfast and chose this one based on the rave reviews. The only fruit I had on hand were frozen peaches (so I omitted the apples, cranberries, figs, and hazelnuts). I also substituted cloves for ginger and margarine for butter, then put a vanilla/cinnamon sugar mix on top. However, everyone who tasted these muffins said they were the best thing I have ever made by far...they are very critical and said they wouldn't change a thing! The bottom line: this is a great base recipe which tastes great despite substitutions...everyone appreciated the complex well-blended flavors. :-)

Nov 10, 2003

These are GREAT! There can be substitutes and the taste is still high quality (I used raisins not figs and macadamia nuts not hazelnuts). I passed a few muffins to some LUCKY teachers at my daughters school and they all want the recipe! I will be making these muffins for YEARS to come. YUM, YUM and DOUBLE YUM as my daughters say!


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  • Calories
  • 304 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.9 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 14.6 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 284 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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